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SRI LANKA-Uncertain Days

services are being retained by the state. SRI LANKA Uncertain Days IF president D B Wijetunga hoped to catch the opposition on the wrong foot when he dissolved the parliament on June 24 and announced fresh elections in August, six months ahead of schedule, the idea seems to have backfired. For it is the UNP rather than the SLFP, the leading constituent of the opposition grouping the People's Alliance, which is showing confusion. As reports about the filing of nominations trickle in, there are indications that the UNP's list of candidates is causing dissension among the rank and file, aggravating the already tense situation in the party. Creating further ripples, Hema Premadasa, widow of the assassinated president, who had reportedly refused a ticket, came to the filing office only to find that her name had been excluded from the UNPs list of 23 candidates for Colombo's 20 districts. In the Sri Lankan system there are no candidates for each seat, but each party has to file a list of candidates for each district. Apart from the two major parties, the others in the fray are the Nav Sama Samaj party in alliance with the JVP and other like-minded parties, and from the north, the Muslim Congress, the TUNF, a combination of PLOT, TELO and EROS, and other Tamil parties.

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